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all for joining us today to discuss the small business administration's response to hurricane sandy. the president's recent supplement tal request in this space and state local and small business recovery effortings in the impact, i would like to thank our witnesses that will be testifying in a moment. i'll introduce them in just a moment. but let me make a couple of brief openings statements. we are here today to evaluate the response and recovery effort in the aftermath of hurricane sandy, which struck the northeastern united states on october 29th, is the largest size storm system in u.s. history. hurricane sandy claimed the lives of 1323 americans, damaging and destroying more than 651,000 homes, and 459,000 businesses. leaving more than 8.5 million families without power, heat, or running water. most of the water and electricity and power grid has been turned on. yet i understand there are communities that are challenged. the scale of the disaster has created significant housing and transportation challenges and successful recovery will require a sustained effort on the part of
. as the details mounted, left hartford to go to noun, and to the firehouse in sandy hook. i arrived there as a public official, but what i saw was through the eyes of a parent. the firehouse in sandy hook is where parents went to find out if their children were okay. the way they found out was that their children appeared or they didn't. and after a while, some of the children came, some were reunited with the parents there or at the school, and their parents took them home, and others did not. i will live forever with the sights and sounds of those parents as they emerged from the firehouse. the cries and sobbing, cries of grief and anguish, the look on those faces, the murderer blasted his way into the elementary school in sandy hook armed with a bush haven'ter ar-15, an assault rifle. a 10-millimeter glock pistol, and a nine millimeter sig sauer, and with multiple magazines, filled with ten, 15, 30 rounds, hundreds of rounds, that he used in an execution style massacre. wayne car very, the state medical examiner for connecticut, has been on that job for more than 30 years. he has
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